Odd Namesake? Strange but True – Melo Aethiopica
Melo Aethiopica or Melo Aethiopicus is a classification of one of the largest of sea shells . Although native to the Indian Ocean , they are more commonly found in southeast Asia in areas around the Philippines and Malaysia. These shells are also known Melo Tessellata or baler shell.
(Photo: These Philippine Crowned Baler Melon Shells(melo aethiopica) are available for sale $5.00 each. The website vendor ensures they have been proper papers to be approved by US customs for import.